Published Thursday, December 17, 2015
RENTON, Wash. – Automotive Technology instructor Mike Fobes was invited to display two unique creations at The LeMay, known as America’s Car Museum this month. The museum attracts more than 400,000 visitors annually.
Renton Technical College’s automotive program has a rich history. It was one of the earliest career programs offered at the technical school and was the first automotive program in Washington state to become NATEF certified. Today, RTCs program is Master NATEF certified. As part of the curriculum, students visit the LeMay Museum every year. It was during one such field trip, that museum staff approached Instructor Fobes about exhibiting some of his vehicles
“Tomb for Two,” which was inspired by the popular 1960s TV program, The Munsters, and features two real steel coffins and baffled pipe organ exhausts.]
“Twisted Evil” is a 10-foot long four-wheeled chopper. This 175-horsepower machine is capable of speeds approaching 200mph. The bike has been featured in a Snap-on Tools calendar, as well as Easy Rider and V-Twins magazines.
Fobes is a master builder, fabricator, and mechanic. He was inducted into theAutomotive Hall of Fame, based in Detroit, MI., more than 30 years ago. At that time, he was one of just six technicians worldwide to achieve Master certification in all Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) categories. Today, Fobes holds certifications in more than 50 categories including seven Master ASE credentials.
NATEF was founded in 1983 as an independent, non-profit organization with a single mission: To evaluate technician training programs against standards developed by the automotive industry and recommend qualifying programs for ASE certification.